Just to be clear, this isn't about Larry Graham or Flea's electric style, or even what Lee Rocker does on his DB for rockabilly. If you want to talk about any of those monster players, you wouldn't have to look very far. While there is a bunch of info out there on slap bass for rock'n'roll players (with a couple dedicated forums including a subsection on this site) there is very little on slap in the context of jazz despite its long history. I hope this thread can narrow the gap! I'm an emerging pro bassist here in NYC who plays in a popular Americana string band along with several working bands that do "traditional" sounding stuff. I started studying DB in college and was a "pizz only" guy for a couple of years in my early 20s. I would sometimes palm-slap between pizz notes in situations in which drummers were not present. When I got to NYC, I started studying with a guy who got me bowing, and despite my early apprehension, slapping the bass in a more complete way. Initially, I got what I considered to be a really clanky metallic sound and didn't really bother with it for a while. I continued playing pizz and arco, but became more interested in slapping after I switched to guts. Occasionally in the bluegrass context I would try and take a rhythmic slap solo or slap a I-V progression under a loud soloist. There are some immediate advantages of slapping along with drawbacks. Slap makes the bass very loud and opens up option to play unplugged more often, can open up very fast tempos, can be performed on almost any bass and setup (although some are subjectively "better" and "easier") and gets a great audience response. Disadvantages include it not being appropriate on some gigs (and I still have gigs every week I don't slap AT ALL) and that it takes a good amount of time/work to get it sounding nice, just like arco and pizz! You ever hear a youtube bassist just sounding LOUD and out of tune while slapping? They need some dynamics and intonation practice, but its not really slap bass's fault. Slap, like pizz and arco, has a wide, expressive range. The real revelation for me as a slap bassist was when I began getting more serious about playing jazz, particularly the old-school styles. What I've found is that slap IS a part of New Orleans jazz, Gypsy jazz, and various swing varieties. I did a really driving two-feel recording of "After You've Gone" a few weeks ago, and I found slapping the solo I had planned to just play pizz really added to the drive and gave a great tone. Jazz slap bass is immediately a little more intimidating than bluegrass or rockabilly as it is often more chord-y and are often in horn keys. Slapping quick tunes in Ab (in tune ) is a real test of your chops! That said, if your pizz (and arco) are in shape on jazz stuff, you already have the left-hand fundamentals! Can you be a great jazz bassist without slapping? I think that is pretty obviously true and I see bassists in NYC who can hold it down in these "rootsy" contexts without using the techniques. I also don't think that slap should come at the expense of "proper" pedagogy; I could bow and pizz in tune well up into thumb position before I really started worrying about my slapping. That said, I get a great response when I do deploy the technique and it gets me (jazz!) gigs I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. Again, and this is for me, I've come to think of my slap skills as part of me being a "complete" pizz player. Here's some cool slap stuff that a jazzer could dig: Milt Hinton on the roots (take a look at his technique, as well) - Milt Hinton Slap Bass Demo - YouTube My "slap" teacher - St. Thomas for Solo Doublebass by Jason Sypher - YouTube Cab Calloway singing about his favorite consumable - Smoke a reefer - YouTube Pops Foster - Pops Foster Slap Bass Solo - Beale Street Blues - YouTube Beau Sample slappin' a standard - The Art of Slap Bass Presents BEAU SAMPLE - YouTube Chicago legend Willie Dixon - Willie Dixon - Bassology - YouTube A really great recording you can check out to find more slap bass in a "modern" context is Branford Marsalis's "Trio Jeepy", on which he and Milt Hinton play "Three Little Words" as a sax/slap bass duo..... So, what do you guys think? Do you ever slap in jazz? Do you have a reason not to? Any more modern cats slappin' some bop?